A Lorelei Fantasy

Some years ago we were travelling the Rhine. An unforgettable journey… Old castles and cities dotted the fascinating landscape at every bend of the magnificent river around the lush vineyards flowing down the lush hillsides! And… the Legends!

I began work on a story and song then, inspired by this trip. But something was missing, and at last I realised that I had to put it aside until I figured out what it was.

Then, several years later, we were on vacation at Fuerteventura. And I went on long walks by the endless, beautiful seashores. And there the song and its story finally crystallised itself! A fantasy, inspired by both the Rhine and by the mysterious, almost ethereal landscape of Fuerteventura! A mix of opposites… 😉

Nobody really knew who she was, Lorelei, but all agreed on one thing: she was a witch. How else could you explain her alluring melodies?

Standing on a rock by the riverside, Lorelei sang her songs… and the sailors on the Rhine listened to them. Men, madly in love with the voice, rushed into the river, trying to reach her. But the flow at that point of the Rhine was violent and dangerous… Poor souls, all drowned…

Then one day an angry and heartbroken father, whose son had gone missing in the river because of her, sent a whole army against her. They were already quite close, had almost reached her, when the waters of the Rhine suddenly rose and carried her far away…

No one really knew who she was and what happened to her then, but the legend of Lorelei still sound in the air at that place and the waves of the Rhine still whisper her melodies…

Curled up in a ball, Lorelei sat by the river bank, and the tears rolled silently down her cheeks. “I was waiting for the knight of my heart,” she said sadly. “But it is only a figment of my imagination. I wanted to live with people in their world,” she continued, with longing in her voice. “But they hate me. I wanted to see different, wondrous countries, where water is the colour of the sky, and the fish carries the colours of the rainbow. But this dream is too far away and impossible. Oh, if only I could be a very ordinary girl from a quite ordinary family, I would live just like everyone else, and would probably be as happy as anyone… I am lost in my fantasy world. I lost my way in my world of illusion. Reality has become for me a dream, and the dream became a reality, and I cannot find the way back any more… Dear father Rhine, let me become a part of your waters, which I love so much and forever sleep in the cradle of your river. “

With these words, Lorelei threw herself into the river and sank to its bottom. But before she could drown, the spirit of the river Rhine enfolded her in a magic veil, to sleep there, protected from all evil. By his powerful magic, he moved her to the place of which she dreamed. Gently he put her down on the seabed and made her invisible to prying eyes. “You are going to sleep deep, my dear, admiring the fish with a rainbow of colours as you dream, until all your sorrows and pain are swept away by those blue waters, along with the memories of the past. And when the time comes, you will wake up in a family of people as the most ordinary girl, as you wish, my beloved child.” And then, with a twinkle, “well, almost like an ordinary girl. In your voice will sound the caress of my waters. In your speech will be heard the poetry of my lands. In your eyes will shine the reflection of my spirit. I am your father, my dear Lorelei, and that no one can take away. Every time when you look, fascinated, into the water, I will see you. Whenever you gaze with dreams up at the clouds, I will hear you. And all mirrors into which you glance, or even just pass by, will be a window for me into your world. I will long to speak with you, Lorelei… But I will always be next to you, protecting you, guiding you, and supporting you in everything. Good luck to you in the world of people, my daughter! ” …

The alarm clock sounded again, for the second time. Time to get up! She reached out and smiled sweetly. “What a wonderful dream I had this night…”

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Story, Video & Photography: Elena Voroniouk © 2017, all rights reserved.

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I am a composer, author & piano teacher. I love to make photos, videos, write fantasy stories & poetry :)

13 thoughts on “A Lorelei Fantasy

  1. Ancient echoes of an ancient song…

    Thank you so much, Endless! That is a most inspiring comment!! 🙂 …. 🙂 🙂 🙂
    May your weekend be endless indeed, in the most positive and inspiring way! 🙂 :): )

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  2. Hola querida Elena!!
    Un maravilloso relato, una preciosa voz, unas bellas imàgenes…
    Felicidades Elena por ser tan creativa!!!!
    Feliz fin de semana!:):):)!!!

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    1. Hola Querida Nines!! 😊
      I am so happy to read your wonderful, smiling, enthusiastic comment! My dear friend, you have no idea what joy it brings to me!! ☀️
      And I am still working on that fairytale, which I promised to you! 🙂 I am afraid it will take some time still, and I also have a small problem choosing between your magical photos – for there are so many which would fit!! 💖
      Wishing you a beautiful weekend, my friend! Relaxing and cosy, inspiring and romantic! 🌹

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    1. Dear Deeksha, I am thrilled that my imagination could captivate you like that! Thank you so much for commenting and letting me know! 🙂
      Wishing you a week full of beautiful, happy, magical moments, my friend! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    1. Truly happy to read it, dear Chris!!
      Have a lovely weekend, my friend(s) :))

      PS: by the way – it was a bit difficult to find your website, for your WordPress signature gives the wrong link: “http://living_healthier_and_happier.com/” rather than “https://living-healthier-and-happier.com/”. I assume the second one is correct? … 🙂 🙂 🙂

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